Sad details about how kayayei sleep with men at night for their daily bread pop up online

Sad details about how kayayei sleep with men at night for their daily bread pop up online

- Details have emerged about how head porters, popularly known as kayayei, engage in prostitution at night

- Two of them named Ama and Abena have disclosed that they engaged in the act because they need money for sustenance

- Such girls, reports say, are often influenced by stories of riches of girls who travel from other parts of the country to places such as Kumasi in the Ashanti region

Details about how head porters, known in the local parlance as ‘kayayei’ sell their bodies in order to cater for themselves have surfaced online. understands that the young girls are often inducted into the business of prostitution by the colleagues in order to raise income to make ends meet.

Some of them travel from other regions of Ghana into places such as Accra and Kumasi to make a living as head porters but eventually resort to prostitution at night.

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Two of them, Abena and Ama, have opened up on the challenges of working as head porters during the day and sex workers at night.

Abena, who is the fifth born in a family with eight children, and hails from Bolgatanga in the Upper East region, said she traveled to Kumasi in April 2015, hoping to live a better life.

Her inspiration, she says, was from other girls who left Bolgatanga and told stories of riches in the cities they visited.

Abena adds that she has never been to school and as such, needs to work hard in order to fend for herself.

Per a report by, she disclosed that she charges between GHC1 and GHC5 as a head porter and GHC10 at night per client.

Ama also says that she left Dago, a village in the Eastern region to make a living in Kumasi, Ashanti region’s capital.

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She added that she often walks long distances in search of customers but is unable to find some and often goes back hungry.

A man however approached her, gave her food and later took advantage of her, before ushering her into the world of prostitution.

Ama and Abena reveal that more than half of what they earn ends up with the paymasters while the little money left is used for rent, food and other basic needs.

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Nana Busia argued that she is right to make such a call because it is justified as her father was the first professor at the university.

She again noted that her father established the Sociology department and incorporated the African studies department into it.

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